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States Sound Warning That Kids' Health Insurance Is At Risk

Nov 30, 2017

This week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

If Congress doesn’t reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soon, it's not just Texas children who could lose access to health insurance; thousands of pregnant women could lose coverage, too.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

The families of roughly 400,000 children in Texas could be receiving letters from state officials in a matter of weeks, letting them know their health care is ending.

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

It’s been a week since open enrollment began for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and groups in Austin say they are experiencing a surge in sign-ups.

Health care activists were concerned that new policies from the Trump administration – including budget cuts for outreach and navigators – would lead to a drop in enrollment.

Callie Richmond / Texas Tribune

The Justice Department is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case of an unaccompanied minor in Texas who obtained an abortion last week.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which has custody of the 17-year-old immigrant known as Jane Doe, prohibited her from obtaining the procedure last week, citing a new Trump administration policy. But then a federal court allowed the teen to get an abortion. Hours later, she got the procedure. Now, Justice Department attorneys are arguing the teen's attorneys misled them, causing them to miss a chance to appeal the decision.

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